New Zealander Joe Lindsay is excited to see San Luis Obispo for one reason — the Madonna Inn.
After doing some research online, he can’t wait to see the famous hotel, which he’ll experience when his band, Fat Freddy’s Drop, stays there in preparation for its performance at the Summer Solstice Reggae Festival on Sunday.
“I couldn’t believe it,” Lindsay said of his research. “So much pink. I’m looking forward to it.”
His band, which mixes, reggae, dub, jazz and soul, comes from Wellington, the capital of New Zealand and a shooting location for the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.
Known for its improvised live shows, the band is one of the most successful contemporary bands in New Zealand, having recorded the highest-selling album by a national artist in the island nation 1,200 miles southeast of Australia.
They will appear in Avila Beach with the Dirty Heads, Alborosie, Top Shelf and local band Still Time. Lindsay, one of seven Fat Freddy’s members, spoke to us by phone from New Zealand.